Your not-so-quiet night at the museum! Join the revelry every third Thursday of the month for live music, free programs, art activities and more…all just for adults!

October 19: Come together to celebrate LGBTQ History Month, featuring people from our local Kansas City community and drawing attention to some of the artworks on our walls. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art welcomes all as a friend and ally.

Are you a performer, vendor, organization or just inspired and interested in making Third Thursdays amazing? Please contact us with your vision for getting involved.

Moving Gaily Forward

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As the first KC artist to come out as Non Binary Gender, IVØRY BLACK has gained the respect and support from local, regional, some national and international radio stations, TV such as PBS/KCPT who featured IVØRY BLACK several times for their music and touching life story. With a looping act consisting of layers of soaring vocals, back vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, bass and electronic drums to make a full band sound, they surprise crowds everywhere, just as the song Ready Get Set “blow this roof off” lyrics say.

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DJ Joe and Ice Kole

Our ever-popular Third Thursday DJs will be getting you on the dance floor and keeping you there.

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Installation Lounge by Alter Art Space

Alter is a collaborative, multidisciplinary artist-run space that seeks to connect a variety of creative disciplines through interactive environments and unexpected programming. Alter focuses on expanding traditional notions of theater, galleries, and night-life, while providing a variety of programming to include opportunities for all artistic interests.


Alter will be creating an installation lounge titled The House of ALTER. The space will pay tribute to the history of queer, DIY nightlife while also highlighting contemporary queer organizations in Kansas City.

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Visit with Anna Selle of HearQueer, a KC-based zine and online publication that’s amplifying queer voices in music through interviews, essays, and photos.

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96.5 The Buzz Prize Pack Giveaway

Some lucky Third Thursday visitor will win a prize package from 96.5 The Buzz that could include concert tickets, music downloads and swag.

Take a selfie with our Third Thursday community spotlight, tag @nelsonatkins and share in an InstaStory to be entered to win (must be present when we pick a random winner at 8:45 p.m.)

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Drop-in Art Activity: What does LGBTQ History Month Mean to You?

We invite you to add to our community art activity with messages of pride, support, and allyship.

Bloch Building, Plaza Level

Community Spotlight: Kansas City Center for Inclusion

The Kansas City Center for Inclusion provides education and resources in a welcoming and safe space to the LGBTQIA+ community, their families, and straight allies.

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Gallery Moment: LGBTQ-related Artworks

Join us for a scavenger hunt where the clues are riddles leading you to LGBTQ inspired works and artists in The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and grab a takeaway brochure with more information!

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Photo Op

Snap a pic with your friends as we uplight one of our favorite photo ops with the colors of the rainbow!

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Behind the SEEN: Heads Above the Rest

Join Senior Objects Conservator Kate Garland and gaze into faces from the past as she shares tales of conserving heads in the museum’s collections.  Her projects include conserving sculptures from China, ancient Rome and Egypt, including the arresting head of Middle Kingdom Pharaoh, Sesostris III.

FREE tickets required; reserve yours here

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Happy Hour

Happy Hour

Enjoy small plates, a full bar and an artful experience.

Picasso Unplugged

Pajama Jam